Super Bowl XLVI: Giants Defeat Patriots, 21-17

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Super Bowl 2013 Odds: Vikings Have 60-1 Odds To Win In 2013

The dust has hardly even settled from this year's exciting Super Bowl matchup, so it's hard to believe that there are 2013 Super Bowl odds already out and going from Las Vegas.

Unsurprisingly, the New England Patriots lead the pack after making the Super Bowl in 2012 and coming quite close to winning it as well, with 5-1 odds to take home the trophy. Right behind them are the Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles with 11-2 and 6-1 odds respectively. The current champion New York Giants slot in fifth overall at 8-1, understandable considering their 9-7 record was the weakest record ever by a Super Bowl team.

If you're someone who likes to bet on a long shot, Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos are the lowest 2012 playoff team in the odds at 50-1. The Detroit Lions at 18-1 are probably another smart money bet for a team that could put it together and put together a run like the Giants did this season. The team with the lowest chance of making the Super Bowl according to the odds are the Jacksonville Jaguars, at a lowly 150-1.

The Minnesota Vikings didn't get much love from the oddsmakers, with a 60-1 shot putting them sixth from the bottom.

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2012 Super Bowl TV Ratings: Giants Vs. Patriots Draws 47.8 Rating

The Super Bowl always trumps the ratings for American television on the big night, and most other networks usually don't even bother trying to put on anything interesting to draw viewers away from the big game. It was no different for this season's Super Bowl between the New York Giants and New England Patriots, though there were no viewership records even though the game was between two huge market teams.

It's being reported that the Super Bowl Sunday night got a very impressive 47.8 rating, which is down a single decimal point from last season's Green Bay - Pittsburgh thriller. Interestingly, the ratings went up all the way as far as 48.3 during the halftime show which featured Madonna, LMFAO and Cee Lo Green among others.

Even if those numbers aren't setting any viewership records you would be hard pressed to find any other television programs that would look at those numbers and not take them in a heartbeat.

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Super Bowl 2012: Some Of The Best Commercials

Once again it was a great Super Bowl on Sunday night, but once again there were likely an audience of people watching just so they could see the commercials. There were plenty of decent ones, here's a few of the best of the crop from 2012.

In the category for most bizarre commercial for sure is this effort from Pepsi, which features Sir King Elton John, Flavor Flav and possibly some heavy drug use by somebody behind it.

In the 'musicals' category, Hyundai released this advertisement featuring people at work singing the Rocky Theme Song. You know darn well that if you were in a bar and they had the sound on, everyone in there was singing along to this one when they figured out what was going on. There's not that many songs that can do that, except maybe the Rocky Theme, Hey Jude and the William Tell Overture. (Note, I have yet to find a commercial of Hyundai employees singing the William Tell Overture, but have sent them a very nice letter in the hopes that we'll see that for 2013.)

Any advertisement that features John Stamos getting put through trials of pain automatically makes top lists like this. Is it a Yogurt commercial? Who cares? And more importantly, why did John Stamos not receive more punishment for being a Yogurt tease when he deserves it simply for being John Stamos?

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Super Bowl Winners: Where Do Eli Manning's Giants Rank?

Eli Manning has now led his New York Giants to two Super Bowl wins since being picked up from the San Diego Chargers after being drafted in 2004. The Giants team in 2012 may have only had nine wins but it was a team that featured a fantastically built defensive corps, a rumbling running game and a quarterback who after winning his second MVP award has to now be in consideration for one of the better QB's of all time.

Of course, the fact that the G-Men have twice now defeated a team with both a coach and quarterback in consideration for the greatest of all time can't hurt their standings in the all time lore of the Super Bowl's history.

Compared to all of the former Super Bowl champions, where do you think that Eli Manning's Giants teams rank in the all time history? Are they better than the Elway-led Denver Broncos teams of the late 90's? The Bradshaw led teams of the 70's? Are the 2012 World Champions the best of the four Giants teams to have won the Super Bowl?

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Super Bowl XLVI MVP: Eli Manning Wins Award For Second Time

There were lots of directions the voters could have gone in determining the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XLVI, but in the end, they gave it to a guy that put the New York Giants in the best position to beat the New England Patriots on Sunday night.

Quarterback Eli Manning was named the game's MVP, and he deserved it after completing 30-of-40 passes for 296 yards and a touchdown. More importantly, he had no turnovers on the evening, and put the Giants in position to get their fourth Super Bowl victory.

Manning, who was also named the MVP of Super Bowl XLII, is now one of only five players to win multiple Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Awards. The other four are Bart Starr (Super Bowls I and II), Terry Bradshaw (Super Bowls XIII and XIV), Joe Montana (Super Bowls XVI, XIX, and XXIV) and the quarterback Manning defeated on Sunday night, Tom Brady (Super Bowls XXXVI and XXXVIII).

Congratulations to Eli Manning on winning the award and all the spoils that come with it. And Congratulations to the New York Football Giants on an outstanding season.

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Super Bowl XLVI Final Score: Giants Win Fourth Super Bowl, 21-17, Over Patriots

The New England Patriots and the New York Giants gave us another classic Super Bowl, but when the dust settled and the smoke cleared, the result was very much the same as it was the last time, as the Giants captured their fourth Super Bowl Championship with a 21-17 victory.

Things got off to a bit of a rough start for the Patriots. On their first offensive play, after getting pinned at their own 6-yard line by a Steve Weatherford punt, Tom Brady threw a pass deep down the middle, and appeared to overshoot all of his receivers by about 15 yards. The officials on the field felt that they had sufficient reason to whistle Brady for an intentional grounding penalty, and the first points of the game came on a safety (since Brady was in the end zone when he threw the "grounded" pass), giving the Giants a quick 2-0 lead.

New York got the ball right back on a free kick, and took advantage of getting the ball back so quickly, going on a nine-play, 78-yard drive that ended with Eli Manning finding Victor Cruz in the end zone for a two yard touchdown pass, pushing the Giants' lead to 9-0.

Undeterred, Brady and company put together a drive that spanned the end of the first quarter and the beginning of the second. They didn't quite get the result they wanted, however, as they had to settle for a Steven Gostkowski field goal from 29 yards out to make the score 9-3.

After Weatherford pinned the Patriots deep again with 4:03 left in the first half, the Patriots embarked on a Super Bowl record-tying 96-yard drive that took 14 plays and 3:55. Brady was masterful on the drive, completing all ten of his pass attempts, and Danny Woodhead was a key part of the drive as well, touching the ball seven times on the drive. Those two hooked up for a 4-yard touchdown pass with just 15 seconds left in the first half, giving the Patriots their first lead of the night at 10-9.

New England got the ball first to start the second half, and they kept the momentum going with another long touchdown drive, this one a 79-yarder that took eight plays and concluded with a 12-yard pass from Brady to tight end Aaron Hernandez. The extra point made the score 17-9, and the Patriots looked to be in control. But the Giants continued to chip away at the lead, getting field goals from Lawrence Tynes on two straight possessions, cutting the New England lead to 17-15.

Then, towards the end of regulation, the Giants put together one of their best drives of the season. It started from their own 12-yard line after Patriots' punter Zoltan Mesko pinned them deep, and Eli Manning was brilliant again, hitting Mario Manningham with an incredible pass to move the ball to midfield.


Following that, the Giants continued driving, moving the ball to the Patriots' 6-yard line with 1:04 left in the game. With the Patriots holding just one time out, it appeared as though they were simply going to let the Giants score. Giants' running back Ahmad Bradshaw figured that out. . .unfortunately, he figured it out just a little bit too late.


The gaffe by Bradshaw, which gave the Giants a 21-17 lead (the two-point conversion failed), also gave the Patriots 57 seconds and a time out with which to try to get downfield. The Patriots managed to get to midfield, but Brady's Hail Mary attempt fell incomplete as time expired, and the New York Giants walked out of Lucas Oil Stadium with their fourth Super Bowl championship.

Eli Manning was named the MVP of the game, and with good reason. He completed 30-of-40 passes for 296 yards and a score, and was cool and collected for most of the evening. Brady was brilliant as well, completing 27-of-41 for 276 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception.

Patriots' tight end Rob Gronkowski, whose ankle was the talk of most of this week, was a relative non-factor in this one, catching just one pass for 20 yards while fighting a high ankle sprain.

And, with that, the 2011-12 NFL season has come to an end. We thank you for getting your coverage from us here at SB Nation Minnesota, and we look forward to bringing you more great coverage this off-season as well.

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VIDEO: Madonna's Super Bowl Halftime Performance

Earlier on this evening, I told you what I thought of Madonna's Super Bowl Halftime performance. . .it was a much better performance than I had expected, though it wasn't thoroughly amazing or anything like that.

Now, you have the opportunity to judge for yourself, as we have the video of the performance right here for your viewing pleasure. Here it is!


Now, since I'm a bit out of touch with the younger generation's "music" these days, apparently there were cameo appearances during the performance from Nick Minaj (no clue who she is), something called M.I.A. (no idea on that front, either), LMFAO (who I have heard of), and finally Cee-Lo Green (who I'm a fan of).

Again, check out the performance and judge the whole thing for yourself. It will give you something to talk about around the water cooler or coffee pot on Monday morning at work.

Now, with all that said, the game is still on!

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Super Bowl XLVI Score Update: Lawrence Tynes Brings Giants Within Two

We're nearly through three quarters of play in Super Bowl XLVI, and while it appears that the New York Giants might be close to recapturing the momentum, the New England Patriots still cling to a two-point lead.

After the Giants forced a Patriots' punt, New York actually started out on the Patriots' side of the field. The Giants caught a bit of a break on one play, when Eli Manning found Hakeem Nicks in the middle of the field. Nicks made a couple of moves, but got the ball stripped away. Fortunately, Giants' fullback Henry Hynoski was in the right place at the right time, and immediately fell on the ball for New York.

A sack of Manning by Nick Minkovich, however, stalled the Giants' efforts, and they had to settle for another field goal from Lawrence Tynes, this one a 33-yarder to make the score 17-15 in favor of the Patriots.

That's where we stand as we go into the fourth quarter of play, folks. Looks like we're in for a fantastic finish in this one!

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Super Bowl XLVI Score Update: Lawrence Tynes Answers With A Field Goal

The New York Giants have cut into the New England Patriots' lead in Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis, but not as deeply as they would have hoped.

The Giants got a nice kickoff return to start their drive at their own 35-yard line, and from there proceeded to go 45 yards in 10 plays, taking 4:37 off of the clock. On a 3rd-and-10 from the New England 25, Eli Manning connected with Mario Manningham for five yards, which brought up a fourth down and led to a 37-yard Lawrence Tynes field goal. With that, the score went to 17-12 with 6:43 left in the third quarter of play.

Thus far, both quarterbacks have been brilliant. Eli Manning is currently 18-of-24 for 153 yards and a touchdown. Tom Brady has been even better, completing 20-of-23 passes for 201 yards and two scores.

The Patriots are setting up at their own 17-yard line with about six and a half minutes left in the third quarter, and they lead the New York Giants, 17-12, in Super Bowl XLVI.

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Super Bowl XLVI Score Update: Aaron Hernandez Gets New England Another Score

After what could charitably be deemed a "slow start," the New England Patriots appear to mean business, as they've taken an eight-point lead over the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI.

The smoke had barely cleared from Madonna's halftime performance when the Patriots took over at their own 21-yard line. From there, they went on an 8-play, 79-yard drive highlighted by a big run by the law firm of BenJarvus Green-Ellis. The final play of the drive saw Tom Brady connect with his other tight end, Aaron Hernandez, for a 12-yard touchdown pass. Steven Gostkowski's extra point made the score 17-9 in favor of New England.

Also on the drive, Brady set a record for the most consecutive completions in a Super Bowl. The record had been 13 held by Joe Montana, but by the time this drive had finished, Brady had completed 16 consecutive passes.

The Giants have just gotten a big kickoff return, and will take over with 11:13 left in the third quarter, trailing the Patriots 17-9.

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Super Bowl Halftime Show 2012: Madonna Puts On Fine Performance In Indy

In case you hadn't heard anything prior to the game, the halftime entertainment at Super Bowl XLVI was provided by none other than Madonna. Now, as a testosterone-fueled male and all of that, but to review the show, I need to crib a quote from modern American prophet C. Montgomery Burns. . .

"I'm not a music critic, but I know what I hate. . .and I didn't hate this."

Madge (as she's called in the United Kingdom) smartly kept the majority of the music to her older hits, starting off with Vogue and transitioning into Music. After a bridge of. . .Party Rock Anthem and Sexy and I Know It by LMFAO, she went into a song that I, honestly, didn't recognize. (Hey, I said mostly older hits, did I not?)

Cee-Lo Green then led a couple of marching bands on stage, and he and Madonna did a duet of Open Your Heart. (I'll take "sentences I never thought I'd write" for $400, Trebek.) Madonna and Green then led a choir in a rendition of Like a Prayer, which ended the show.

I didn't expect much from this halftime show, to be honest, but I thought it was a pretty decent job by Madonna. Sure, it wasn't Prince-level awesome or anything like that (but no halftime show ever again is going to be Prince-level awesome), but it wasn't awful by any means, either.

But, it is indeed over, and we're going to be back to football here before too much longer. Stick around for the rest of the game!

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Super Bowl XLVI Score Update: Danny Woodhead Puts The Patriots Ahead

The New England Patriots put together an outstanding drive late in the first half, and have taken a lead against the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI.

The Patriots tied the longest drive in Super Bowl history with a 96-yard drive that took 14 plays and 3:55 to complete. The scoring play saw Tom Brady drop back to pass on a 3rd-and-3 from the Giants' 4-yard line, and because the Giants dropped defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul back into coverage, Brady had all day to scan the field. He started looking to the left, went to the right, and came back to the left to thread a pass to running back Danny Woodhead for a 4-yard touchdown pass.


Steven Gostkowski's extra point put the Patriots ahead for the first time tonight by a score of 10-9.

Brady was 10-for-10 on that go-ahead drive, and Woodhead touched the ball seven times.

The Giants still have a huge advantage in the time of possession battle, having held the ball nearly twice as long as the Patriots thus far, but the Patriots did what they needed to do, and they get the ball coming out of the locker room at halftime.

We're at the midway point of Super Bowl XLVI, and the New England Patriots lead the New York Giants by a score of 10-9. Enjoy Madonna, ladies and gentlemen!

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Super Bowl XLVI Score Update: Steven Gostkowski Gets New England On The Board

The New England Patriots had a promising drive going that spanned from the end of the first quarter to the start of the second quarter, but the New York Giants' defense stiffened up when it had to.

To start the second quarter, Tom Brady and company had a 1st-and-10 from the Giants' 17-yard line. However, the Giants only got six more yards after that, and had to settle for a 29-yard field goal from Steven Gostkowski to cut the New York lead to 9-3.

Brady has not had quite as strong a performance as Eli Manning thus far, having completed 4-of-5 passes for 43 yards after giving up a safety on the Patriots' first play from scrimmage. The Patriots' drive went 60 yards in 10 plays, taking 4:36 off of the clock.

Early in the second quarter of play in Super Bowl XLVI, the New York Giants lead the New England Patriots by a score of 9-3.

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Super Bowl XLVI First Quarter Update: Giants Hold 9-0 Lead Over Patriots

The first quarter of Super Bowl XLVI is in the books, and the New York Giants hold a 9-0 lead over the New England Patriots.

As we reported earlier, Eli Manning has been on fire, completing all nine of his passes thus far for 77 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown strike to Victor Cruz. The Giants have a massive time of possession advantage thus far, having held the ball for over eleven minutes, but the Patriots are moving the ball nicely, as they have the ball with a 1st-and-10 from the Giants' 17-yard line as we start the second quarter.

The Patriots have faced significant deficits in other games this season, as they trailed the Miami Dolphins 17-0 at halftime in Week 16 and were down to the Buffalo Bills 21-0 in Week 17. New England recovered to win both games.

A minute into the second quarter of play in Indianapolis, the New York Giants lead the New England Patriots, 9-0, in Super Bowl XLVI.

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Super Bowl XLVI Score Update: Eli Manning Finds Victor Cruz For A Touchdown

After getting a safety on the New England Patriots' first offensive play, the New York Giants thought they'd put some points on the board in a more conventional way on their second drive.

After the Giants fielded the free kick on their own 22-yard line, Eli Manning led the team on a nine-play, 78 yard drive in which they shredded the Patriots' defense. Manning has gotten off to a red-hot start in this game, as he has completed all nine of his pass attempts. His most recent pass came on a 2nd-and-goal play from the New England 2-yard line, when he somehow threaded a slant around Jerrod Mayo and into the hands of Victor Cruz, who held on for the touchdown.

And, yes, there was much salsa dancing afterwards.

To this point, with 3:19 left in the first quarter of play, the Giants have run 19 offensive plays, while the Patriots have run just one.

We're nearly through the first quarter of play in Indianapolis, and the New York Giants hold a 9-0 lead over the New England Patriots.

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Super Bowl XLVI Score Update: First Points Come On A Safety

Well, we've gotten off to an interesting start to Super Bowl XLVI as far as the scoring is concerned.

After the New England Patriots eventually snuffed out the New York Giants' first drive, Giants' punter Steve Weatherford pinned the Patriots down at the six-yard line. On New England's first play, Tom Brady dropped back to pass and, after scanning the field for a while, lofted one deep down the field that didn't appear to have anyone all that close to it.

While it looked like it would be 2nd-and-10 for the Patriots, the officials were conferring back in the end zone and, eventually, a flag was thrown. What was the flag for?

The flag was for intentional grounding. And because Brady was in the end zone when he threw the pass, such a penalty resulted in a safety and a 2-0 lead for the Giants early in the first quarter.

Incidentally, the odds of the first points of the Super Bowl coming via a safety were 50-to-1, according to most sports books. So, if you bet on that one, congratulations!

The Giants are currently driving with just under seven minutes left in the first quarter of play, holding that 2-0 lead.

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Super Bowl Betting 2012: National Anthem Hits 1:34, Is A Push

For those of you who put big money on Kelly Clarkson's national anthem and whether or not it would go over or under 1:34 before the Super Bowl, you're all likely in for a disappointment. Clarkson's national anthem took exactly 1:34, which would mean it is considered a push.

And for those of you who were betting on Clarkson's clothing selection, she was wearing a plain black shirt as opposed to anything with a team logo on it.

As the game begins, another bet was solved as the coin toss ended up Heads with the Patriots getting the win out of it. There's still plenty more innocuous things to be bet on as the game goes along, so keep the money flowing if you like.

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Super Bowl 2012 Stats: Follow @OptaJim On Twitter For Interesting Super Bowl Statistics

OptaSports is a worldwide sports organization mostly known for providing insightful statistics in the world of soccer. Tonight their 'other sports' twitter account OptaJim is going to be spending the evening providing some cool statistics about the New England Patriots and New York Giants, along with stats about the big game as it goes along.

If you want to be more inundated with facts about the Super Bowl than you ever thought you would need to be -- and who doesn't want to be oversaturated in stats on the biggest day of the year for football fans? -- check them out on twitter. Here's an example of their cool stat work:

46% - The Patriots (46%) have a higher 3rd down conv. rate than the Giants (37%) but also a higher 3rd down conv. allowance (43%-38%). Key.

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Super Bowl 2012: Taiwan Weighs In On Sunday's Quarterback Battle

These days, it's not officially an event until the folks from Taiwan's NMA.tv have weighed in on it, with their. . .shall we say, "special". . .brand of animation giving us a bit of a different perspective from the eyes of the Far East.

So, with Super Bowl XLVI just a couple of hours away, they've asked. . .who is the "elite quarterback" in today's game? Here are the results. . .enjoy!


Come to think of it, they didn't really answer the question, did they?

Regardless of that, whichever of these two quarterbacks wins today's game is going to go quite a long way in cementing their legacy. If Tom Brady leads the New England Patriots to victory, he will be one of only three quarterbacks (along with Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana) to have four Super Bowl victories. Should Eli Manning take the New York Giants to victory, he will then have twice as many Super Bowl victories as his brother Peyton. . .and should finally get completely out of his shadow.

And, as a Vikings fan, I'm quite happy that Aaron Rodgers will be watching the game from the sidelines.

Kickoff is just about two hours away, folks. . .we'll have all the relevant updates for you right here!

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Super Bowl Recipes: When I Dip, You Dip, We Dip

If you're hosting a Super Bowl party this afternoon/evening, you've probably already gotten most of your edibles together. However, if you've gotten this far and realized that you've forgotten to put together any kind of dip to go with the numerous chips you're going to be serving. . .you are serving chips, right. . .then we have a very easy way for you to fix that.

The lovely Rachael Ray from the Food Network has an outstanding recipe for a Lucky Seven-Layer Dip that takes very little time to put together, and is sure to be a hit at your Super Bowl festivities.

Let's start out with the ingredients.

  • 1 (15-ounce) can refried beans
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • 4 scallions, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 (16 to 18 ounce) jar green chili or tomatillo salsa
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro, a palm full, chopped
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin, 2/3 palm full
  • 1 (16 to 18 ounce) jar chipotle salsa
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
  • Salt
  • 2 plum tomatoes, diced
  • Pimiento stuffed jumbo Spanish olives, chopped

Yeah, that looks like a lot of ingredients, but it's going to be completely worth it, I can assure you.

Now, the process of creating the dip.

  1. Heat refried beans in small nonstick pan over medium heat and season with hot sauce. Transfer the beans to a small, deep casserole dish. Scrape pan clean with rubber spatula and return to heat.
  2. Add a little extra-virgin olive oil to the pan and raise heat to high. When the oil smokes, add the scallions and sear them, 2 to 3 minutes. Add green salsa to scallions and heat through. Add cilantro, remove salsa from heat, and layer on top of the beans.
  3. Return the same pan to the stove, lower heat to medium and add black beans, heat through and season with cumin, layer on top of the green salsa.
  4. Top the black beans with a layer of chipotle salsa. Mix sour cream the lime zest and juice and spread on top of the chipotle salsa.
  5. Combine the meat of 2 ripe avocados with garlic, lemon juice, jalapeno and salt to form a chunky guacamole. Top the salsa with guacamole. Garnish the dip with the final layer of diced tomatoes and sliced olives.

Throw in some delicious tortilla chips. . .in different colors, depending on what you can find. . .and you'll have a dip that will be the talk of the party.

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2012 Super Bowl Prop Bets: How Should You "Spend" Your Money On Sunday?

Anybody can place a bet on the outcome of Super Bowl 46. That's an easy way to do things if you're into gambling. But for the truly degenerate gamblers out there, the Super Bowl gives them. . .okay, "us". . .a way to bet their hard-earned money on all sorts of things.

Yes, folks, I'm talking about "prop" bets. Now, when I say a prop bet, I'm not talking about something from Carrot Top's Vegas show. No, "prop" is short for "proposition," and these bets are on things that may or may not be related to the game itself. Our friends at Bovada have provided a huge amount of prop bets, and here are five that should end up in easy money for you.

For entertainment purposes only, of course.

How Many Times Will Peyton Manning Be Shown On Television During The Game?

  • Four times or more (-130)
  • Three times or less (-110)

They're joking with this one, right? You might be able to cash this one in by the end of the first quarter. Manning the Elder has already gotten a ton of coverage this week. . .you don't think NBC is going to slap him on TV every chance they get?

Smart Bet: Over. . .way over.

How Long Will It Take Kelly Clarkson To Complete The National Anthem?

  • Over one minute, 34 seconds (-130)
  • Under one minute, 34 seconds (-110)

Kelly Clarkson is one hell of a singer, and she's done this before. . .she performed the anthem at both the 2010 World Series and last year's NBA Finals. Both performances measured in at between 92 and 93 seconds, depending on your stopwatch. She's been singing this song for years, and appears to have it pretty much down. So, if she's been consistently under 94 seconds thus far, no reason to think she'll go over that this evening. Oh, and don't bother with the bet about whether or not she'll forget a word during the anthem. . .you're just throwing your money away there.

Smart Bet: Under

How Many Times Will David Tyree's Catch From Super Bowl XLII Be Shown During The Game?

  • Over 1.5 times (EVEN)
  • Under 1.5 times (-140)

Well, it is one of the greatest plays in Super Bowl history, and it did happen with these same two teams. You can bet that if the game is close at the end and one team has an opportunity to put together a last-minute drive for a victory, you're going to see the play. That likely gives us one. . .and my guess is that the NBC folks find a way to sneak it in at least once more during the action this evening.

Smart Bet: Over

How Many Viewers Will Stream The Super Bowl Online?

  • Over 1.5 million (-120)
  • Under 1.5 million (-120)

This is an interesting one. . .for the first time ever, NBC Sports is going to be offering a totally live, totally free stream of the game online. Now, I understand that the Super Bowl is a big social gathering sort of deal, and that you might not think that a lot of people would be watching it online. Then again, there's a lot of people who might grab onto the idea just for the whole "hey, this is sort of cool" aspect of it. It's going to be a close one, but I'll go with the technology to prevail. Incidentally, I don't know how they're going to measure this. . .but I'm sure it will be a news story by the end of the night.

Smart Bet: Over

Who Will The Super Bowl MVP Thank First In Their Post-Game Speech?

  • Teammates (1/1)
  • Coach (12/1)
  • Family (8/1)
  • God (4/1)
  • Owner (6/1)
  • Does not thank anybody (5/2)

The likelihood is that, in this speech, the individual that's named the game's MVP will get around to thanking everyone listed above, but this really depends on who gets the award. In this case, since I personally anticipate the MVP award to go to one Tom Brady, I'm going to go with a bit of a long shot here and say that he thanks Patriots' owner Robert Kraft before he thanks anyone else.

Smart Bet: Owner

And there you have it, folks. There are no shortage of other prop bets that you can make on this game, and you can check them all out at the link above.

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NBC.com To Provide Super Bowl Live Streaming

With the recent controversy over SOPA, not to mention the federal government seizing a whole bunch of websites that were responsible for the illegal streaming of sporting events online, one has to wonder if there's going to be a way for folks that are stuck at work on this Super Bowl Sunday to be able to watch the game.

Well, wonder no longer, as the folks at NBC Sports are providing a completely legal stream of this evening's action on their website, NBCSports.com.

The NBC Sports online stream will feature exclusive, online-only camera angles, in-game statistics, and. . .most importantly. . .the ability to watch the commercials from this year's Super Bowl on demand after they've aired.

So, if for some reason you can't be in front of your television today when the game starts, make sure to grab your smartphone or your tablet or whatever other device you can get your hands on and check out the NBC Sports website for your link to Super Bowl XLVI.

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2012 Super Bowl Odds And Line: New England Patriots Three-Point Favorites To Beat New York Giants

The Super Bowl XLVI lines and odds have remained steady throughout the two weeks leading up to the big game which attracts plenty of betting action around the world. According to Bovada, the New England Patriots are three-point favorites to defeat the New York Giants at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Patriots are also one-point favorites to take the lead into halftime before Madonna takes the field.

The over/under for the game is currently set at 54 points. There are plenty of prop bets available on this monster betting day, but wagering on the outcome of the game remains the big bet of the day. So while there has been a couple of weeks of analysis, much of it centered around explaining how the Giants should have an advantage and beat the Patriots, the oddsmakers in Las Vegas and around the world have been steadfast in their support of the Patriots as the favorites to win a tightly contested Super Bowl.

For more Patriots coverage, visit SB Nation's Pats Pulpit and SB Nation Boston. Visit SB Nation New York and Big Blue View for Giants news.

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Super Bowl XLVI: Giants Vs. Patriots Game Time, TV Schedule And More

After all of the hype surrounding the Super Bowl preparation in Indianapolis, the New York Giants and New England Patriots will finally play the big game on Sunday evening at Lucas Oil Stadium.

NBC will televise the football spectacle with their pre-game show beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET which should provide a nice level of background noise as Super Bowl revelers gather at their favorite watering hole or house party. The actual game broadcast starts at 6:00 p.m. ET with player introductions, the coin flip and Kelly Clarkson's rendition of the national anthem leading up to kick off at 6:30 p.m.

Location: Lucas Oil Stadium (73,000 capacity) in Indianapolis, IN .

Kickoff time: 6:30 p.m. -- approximately.

TV coverage: NBC -- Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinswoth (color commentary)

Online coverage: Watch the Super Bowl online through NBC or on your mobile phone.

National anthem singer: American Idol season one winner, Kelly Clarkson, will sing the national anthem.

Halftime show performer: Madonna.

Super Bowl commercial cost: The average 30-second commercial for Super Bowl 46 cost $3.5-million (a new record).

For more Patriots coverage, visit SB Nation's Pats Pulpit and SB Nation Boston. Visit SB Nation New York and Big Blue View for Giants news.

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Super Bowl Recipes: Spice Up Your Wings

Everybody knows that chicken wings are a snack that you can never go wrong with at your Super Bowl party. There are Buffalo wings, barbecue wings, and lots of other ways you can make your wings stand out. In this case, we're going to give you a way to bring a taste of the Orient to your wings with this recipe for Spicy Orange Chicken Wings.

This recipe will give you enough sauce to coat about five pounds worth of wings, so if you need more than that. . .well, that's a whole lot of wings. You might want to grab another recipe to provide some variety. But they probably won't be as good as these.

Here's a list of the ingredients you need to make these happen:

  • 3 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 tbsp finely grated fresh ginger, optional
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, optional
  • 2 tablespoons Sambal, or other Asian-style chili paste to taste, or may sub red pepper flakes to taste
  • 1 cup orange jam or marmalade, (strain if contains an excess of orange rind pieces)
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • "oven-fried" Buffalo chicken wings (see recipe link here to find how to make your wings crispy, the way they should be)

To make the glaze, simply add the ingredients listed above to a saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium heat. Stir for about three minutes, and then set the sauce off to the side. When the wings are finished, simply move the wings to a large bowl, and pour enough of the glaze over them to coat them. Toss until all the wings are coated, set them to the side for about five minutes, and toss them again before moving them to your serving platter of choice.

Enjoy!

(Hat tip to the good folks at About.com for this recipe.)

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Super Bowl Commercials 2012: The Best Ad You (Likely) Won't See Sunday

The Super Bowl is as widely watched across America for its commercials as it is for the actual football itself. However, one of the best ads that will come across on Super Bowl Sunday won't be seen by anybody in America at all. . .it's a commercial that will air exclusively in Canada for Budweiser.

Here's the ad, courtesy of the folks at Yahoo! Sports.


The story behind it, as the video says, is that these two Canadian rec league hockey teams were told that a few people were filming a documentary about rec league hockey. So, the Generals and the Amigos went about the business of playing their game in a largely empty arena, much like they normally would.

Then we get the fans. . .and the mascots. . .and the announcers. . .and the cheerleaders.

This must have been an amazing experience for the players involved here. . .and, as the Yahoo! Sports article says, they likely celebrated afterwards by going to the closest watering hole and not drinking Budweiser.

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Super Bowl 2012 Predictions: SB Nation Minnesota's Official Pick

We are just about 48 hours away from Super Bowl Sunday, ladies and gentlemen. After taking some time to consider everything going on with the game to this point, it has come time for us to put the official SB Nation Minnesota prediction out there on the table for everyone to see.

As you no doubt saw earlier on the site here, the New England Patriots sit as a three-point favorite over the New York Football Giants. It has been a while since either of these teams lost a football game, so there really isn't any "momentum" advantage on either side. The Giants haven't lost since December 18, when they fell to the Washington Redskins. Since then, they've won five straight. The Patriots' streak is longer still. . .the last time Bill Belichick's team lost was November 6. In that game, they fell at home, 24-20, to. . .the New York Giants.

Many people are going to be focused on the quarterbacks in this match-up, and with good reason. Both of them put up ridiculous numbers during the 2011 NFL season, with Tom Brady throwing for over 5,000 yards and Eli Manning proving that, indeed, you can't spell "elite" without "Eli." They both have a multitude of weapons to throw to as well. The Giants' receiving trio of Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, and Mario Manningham has created nightmares for defenses all season long. On the New England side, the most famous ankle in Indianapolis this week belongs to tight end Ron Gronkowski, who will play on Sunday (like he's going to sit out the Super Bowl), but might not be full speed. With the Patriots' offense, however, you never know who Brady's favorite target is going to be. It might be Gronkowski. . .it might be Aaron Hernandez. . .it might be Wes Welker. . .it might be Deion Branch. . .it might even be Danny Woodhead.

Where this game will be won or lost, however, is on the defensive side of the ball. We all know about the Giants' pass rush, led by Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck, Mathias Kiwanuka, and Osi Umenyiora. What's lost in this is that, in their playoff run, the Giants' secondary has been outstanding as well, particularly Corey Webster, who made Michael Crabtree a complete non-factor in the NFC Championship Game. The Patriots' defense was historically bad during the regular season, allowing the second-most most passing yards of any team in NFL history. (The only team worse was this year's Green Bay Packers, who were dispatched by the Giants earlier this post-season.) However, in the post-season, the defense has been markedly better, allowing nearly 100 fewer yards/game than their regular season pace. Vince Wilfork has looked like a man on a mission these past couple of weeks, and the match-up between him and the Giants' interior linemen will be one of the more intriguing ones of the evening. If the Giants can keep Wilfork and company away from Eli Manning, it could be a tough night for the Patriots secondary.

There's really no advantage on the coaching front, either. Yes, Bill Belichick is a genius and all of that, but Tom Coughlin has proven that he's one heck of a coach, too. Considering that the man seems to find himself on the proverbial "hot seat" about half a dozen times every year. . .this season included, prior to the Giants' late-season run. . .all the guy does is get his players motivated, and all they do is win for him. It's going to be a real chess match between these two sideline titans.

So, who do I feel is going to win this one?

The Patriots are the favorites for a reason. While Eli Manning has been great this season, the guy on the other sideline is still Tom Brady. He didn't have his greatest afternoon in the AFC Championship Game against the Baltimore Ravens, and he knows that. It's rare for Brady to have two bad games in a row, and the combination of his performance two weeks ago, his team's loss to the Giants in Week 9, and the loss in Super Bowl XLII. . .you didn't think I was going to go the whole article without mentioning that, did you. . .will lead to a supremely motivated Brady on Sunday night in Indy.

Both teams will have their moments in this one on both sides of the ball, and we could be in for a classic contest. But when the confetti is released, I see Bill Belichick handing the Lombardi Trophy to Robert Kraft, and Tom Brady cementing his legacy as one of the NFL's all-time great quarterbacks.

The Pick: New England Patriots 31, New York Giants 27

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Super Bowl Ads 2012: "Mean" Joe Greene Shows A Softer Side

Many of you folks out there reading this will remember the iconic commerical for Coca-Cola that showed a young child giving former Pittsburgh Steelers' great "Mean" Joe Greene some of his delicious beverage, getting the Hall of Famer's jersey in exchange.

Well, the folks from Downy have given that commerical a nod in their advertising spot for Super Bowl XLVI. And by "given a nod," what I mean is "completely ripped it off." In this case, they have replaced the young child with actress Amy Sedaris, who you may recognize from the television series Strangers With Candy or the movie Elf, among other things.


It doesn't have nearly the charm of the original, obviously, and parents are probably going to have to explain to their kids who "Mean" Joe Greene was and exactly why this is funny. But this is a pretty decent nod to the original ad for those of us that are old enough to remember it.

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2012 Super Bowl Odds And Line: Patriots Three Point Favorites Over Giants

One of the few times Vegas has lost in recent years when the Super Bowl was involved was back in 2007-2008 when the biggest upset we've seen in a long time involving Eli Manning forcing an 18-1 record on the would be undefeated New England Patriots shocked the world. In the rematch it seems that the odds are a bit less against the New York Giants as the Patriots currently sit at -3, which is down from an opening line of three and a half points.

With the spread going down, a lot of people have put a lot of money on the Giants as they hope for a repeat of the magic of 2008. The Over/Under has also dropped in the past few days, dropping a single point from 55 to 54, per Bovada.

And of course, if you really want to get crazy you can always bet on if Madonna will be wearing a hat during the halftime show, what kind of shirt Kelly Clarkson will wear or who the game's MVP will be!

For tons more coverage of the 2012 Super Bowl, be sure to check in often with Super Bowl central at SB Nation.

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Super Bowl Appetizer Ideas - Mini Turkey Wraps

If your Super Bowl party is lacking interesting food options and you're planning on settling for pizza and buffalo wings as you usually do, give it a bit of a kick with some home made mini Turkey wraps. Simple and effective, it gives the people something less greasy to munch on. Below is a bare bones recipe for turkey wraps, it's easy to add whatever else you want into the mix for it.

* Tortillas (large)
* Sliced Deli Turkey
* Lettuce (thin romaine works best)
* Provolone Cheese
* Mayonnaise
* Toothpicks

Spread the Tortillas out on a table and spread the mayonnaise evenly on them, layering the other ingredients on top evenly with a heavier emphasis on the turkey. Once finished, roll the tortillas up and chop them up into small wraps, securing each one with a toothpick. Make sure to chill them in the fridge for 12 hours or so before serving.

Of course, that is a very bare-bones recipe for the wraps, you can add whatever other garnishes or vegetables you'd like, or add in other meats like ham to the mix.

For more on the Super Bowl, check out the NFL hub at sbnation.com/NFL.

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Super Bowl Food Ideas - Chips And Salsa

So you're hosting a party for the Super Bowl at your place? Or perhaps your friend is having one but he's requesting you help with the food situation? There's plenty of relatively simple recipes out there that will be crowd pleasers for your party and are relatively easy to put together.

Salsa is always a crowd favorite for the big game. It's relatively easy to make, it's really easy to make a whole lot of it and it's easy as well to make customized salsas depending on your tastes and the tastes of your guests. It can also be a healthy alternative to other favorites like pizza or buffalo wings.

The recipe below is for one batch of a fresh salsa, which will fill about a 1/2 quart cup. It's easy to buy the ingredients in bulk from your local market and throw together big amounts of it if you've got a good food processor.

* Four pitted Roma tomatoes
* One clove of garlic (or more if you really like garlic)
* 1/4 of a yellow bell pepper and 1/4 of an orange bell pepper
* 1/4 of a large red onion
* One Jalapeno
* Lemon/Lime juice to taste
* Cilantro to taste
* Salt to taste

Stick all of it into a food processor -- I recommend using a manual food processor so it doesn't all turn to mush, or else you can just chop everything by hand though that will take a little while -- and run it until it's got a pico de gallo consistency.

For a more 'hot' salsa you can add in a Habanero and a couple Serrano peppers in addition to the jalapeno. For a good Queso mix you simply need to melt a chunk of Velveeta or a similar cheese and add the salsa to it, though I would recommend losing the lemon/lime juice and bell peppers, perhaps using fewer tomatoes as well.

Making home made salsa rather than buying a giant tub of it at the store has the added bonus of being healthy for you and tasting far fresher. Buy several bags of chips and set them out next to it and you're good. When you're done you can always tub it up and give it to a health-conscious friend as well rather than having the jar of it sit in your pantry until next year's party when you'll pull it out again.

For more on the Super Bowl, check out the SB Nation NFL hub at sbnation.com/nfl.

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Super Bowl XLVI: Patriots Vs. Giants Get Ready In Indianapolis

For more on the New England Patriots, check out Pats Pulpit. For more on the New York Giants, check out Big Blue View. You can also head over to SB Nation's main NFL hub at SBNation.com/NFL.

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